Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Views expressed in this post are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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Accessed on 28 June 2020, 1451 UTC, Post 1512.


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News for Sunday 28 June

Radio amateur still missing after 3 months
The Daily Mail newspaper has published an update on the case of radio amateur Russell Hill VK3VZP from Drouin in Victoria who along with a friend has been missing since March 20

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast Doug Millar – K6JEY
Doug Millar, K6JEY, grew up in Southern California, is a teacher of teachers, and likes to operate EME or Moon Bounce on the sidewalk in front of his home

Online remote exam sessions in Australia
VEA (Volunteer Examiners Australia) is pleased to advise we are currently able to perform online remote exam sessions for both AMC and ARRL VE Examinations

SolderSmoke Podcast 223 available
Bill Meara M0HBR / N2CQR has released a new edition of the amateur radio SolderSmoke podcast

Two SARL contests next weekend
The first leg of the SARL Newbie Party takes place from 08:00 to 20:00 UTC on Saturday 4 July 2020. The ZS5 Sprint is on the air from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC Sunday 5 July 2020

Raspberry Pi takes control of Ham Radio
Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about Hambone which acts as computer interface for your radio by listening for DTMF commands and can activate the radio’s PTT via the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO to play audio

Second attempt to access DL88
Ron (@AD0DX) and Doug (@N6UA) are making another run at the elusive DL88 in Big Bend National Park, TX

AMSAT Symposium proceedings now available to AMSAT members
All editions of the AMSAT Symposium Proceedings dating back to 1986 are now available as a benefit of AMSAT membership via the Member Resources section of our new membership portal at

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels


News for Saturday 27 June

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Your antenna is a filter (of sorts)
The single most discussed topic in amateur radio is that of antenna design, that and medical procedures on 80m, but I kid. Previously I’ve discussed the notion that all frequencies are on-air all the time and that your traditional radio uses much of its electronic circuitry to filter out all the things you don’t want to hear

Memories of Amateur Radio Exchange
Martin Lynch G4HKS re-visits his original employers at Amateur Radio Exchange (A.R.E) in the seventies

Tim Shoppa, N3QE, named CQ Contesting Editor
Tim Shoppa, N3QE, of Bethesda, Maryland, has been named CQ magazine’s Contesting Editor, CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced today

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 28th June 2020 is the History of Amateur Radio edition, and we’re drawing on past copies of the Amateur Radio magazine from 1945 and 1934
Today I summarise things I’ve been saying about the Wireless Institute of Australia, and I ask you to listen carefully, as it’s important stuff to know if you’re at all concerned for the success of the Institute

A J Beirens dies
Radio pioneer AJ Beirens passed away at the age of 73. He had been seriously ill for a long time. The past month his health had deteriorated so much that he opted for euthanasia

Illinois Section Manager steps down, new SM appointed
Illinois Section Manager Ron Morgan, AD9I, has stepped down due to health concerns that became apparent just as he was ready to start a new term. He was re-elected in the spring Section Manager election cycle. Morgan, of East Peoria, has been Section Manager since February 2017

K9JM to transmit CW version of 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin
West Coast ARRL Qualifying Run station K9JM will transmit the CW version of the 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin on 80 and 40 meters

Propagation de K7RA
No sunspots were observed since June 15, when the daily sunspot number was 11. This does not mean there were 11 sunspots seen, but instead it means that one sunspot group was observed containing one sunspot


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